The spooky history behind bobbing for apples

The story behind this wholesome party game may surprise you

Stars Insider

09/09/21 | StarsInsider


Apples and Halloween go together like funfairs and cotton candy. Whether they're covered in sticky sugar candy or the focal part of Halloween party games, apples are a wholesome part of spooky-season festivities. But why has this fruit become synonymous with Halloween fun and games? And why do people dunk their faces into buckets of floating apples during the most ghostly holiday of the year?

The answer can be traced way back to pagan times, and it's a somewhat spooky tale involving ancient rituals and lovelorn young girls hoping to peer into their own romantic futures. Caught your interest? Then click through this gallery to find out the history of Halloween apple-bobbing.


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